Weekend Energy Preview 9-24
Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so breathtaking it’s like having a vacuum cleaner stuck to your face!
Heads We Dance – Take My Picture (Amplid Remix) – So this song has been a highlight before…. way back in January…. and it’s still a show-stopper. Here’s what I wrote before: “Few songs are as dangerously catchy as this. While the original mix is slower and more haunting, the Amplid remix is solid indie-house, with a strong beat, layered vocals, and an incredible climactic build. While I put together Weekend Energy, I usually listen to the show two or three times before it airs. This song, I’ve listened to on continuous repeat.” Still do. There aren’t many artists who do it as well as Heads We Dance. Cool, creepy original video.
Atari Teenage Riot – Black Flags (Muffler Remix) – See this week’s “Featured” below.
Wolfgang Gartner – Still My Baby (feat. Omarion) – It’s happened. Wolfgang Gartner put out an album, nothing short of perfect. Weekend In America is an awesome blend of heavy electro, hip-hop, breaks and fidget house. One of the first stand-outs on reading the tracklist was Illmerica. Like many of his songs that have paved the way for this one, it’s an instrumental masterpiece. It’s got a uniquely fresh, driving beet with absolutely epic synths that creep in and take over. The same can be said for most of the songs on this album, and some of my favorites are the ones with hip-hop flavor like Get Em with Eve, Circus Freaks featuring Jim Jones and Cam’ron and, of course, Forever with Will.I.Am, which I wrote a couple blogs ago: “Grabbing excellent vocals from Will.I.Am. and throwing in a thick house beat, Forever is brash and strong. Sometimes commercial sounds really, really good. This would be an example.” Another song with a similar sound is in the mix tonight, Still My Baby, which has soaring, commercial-friendly vocals, which I might otherwise rule out but the beat on this song is so incredible. If Gartner produced the beats on all the top 40 songs, my musical elitism would be seriously jeopardized. Check out the absolutely immense music video for Illmerica.
Lee Mortimer – My Body (Original Mix) – I’ve showcased Mortimer’s talents on Weekend Energy in many forms, usually paired with someone else: with Foamo for Superman, with the Streetlife DJs in The Ghetto Groove, with The Body Snatchers in Call Me, with Shab Ruffcut and Tee Ski in Jack Da Ripper…. My Body is the first song I’ve of his where he’s not conspiring and collaborating. It’s apparent to me now what makes all of those songs so incredibly good. My Body is totally twisted up rich, deep house music. The vocals are obliterated throughout the song. The bass sounds like a demented washing machine, scrubbing the inner walls of your head. It’s one of the more unique songs in the mix tonight and for that reason, one of my favorites. Rinse and repeat.
Atari Teenage Riot
These guys have been around for decades (like two decades). Normally their music way too hardcore for Weekend Energy, swinging more towards the industrial sector, but their new single Black Flags pulled back much of the instrumental madness to hone in on the lyrics and a killer beat. They’re signed on with Dim Mak and working with Steve Aoki, two great ideas. I was torn between two versions of this song, Andy’s Ill Mix, which has a nice build and a strong electro beat, though abandoned most the lyrics, which in my mind are the quintessential part of ATR songs. So I went with the Muffler Remix, which is an absolute drumstep cannonball into a mud swamp. it opens the show, get ready. I’ve always been fond of the band’s smart anarchistic, anti status-quo, anti neo-nazi lyrics and their fast and furious music. They first came to my attention probably around 1999 with their album 60 Second Wipeout. I remember seeing a video for Revolution Action on a local underground music video show in Chicago. I remember thinking (maybe for the first time) wow, music can mean something, lyrics can have substance, and it can mean something to my generation. Music with call to action, like in the 60s and 70s, came back as this. It’s as though it had simmered and stewed for years (or baked in the oven of underground punk) and came out thrashing in the forms of Prodigy, Ministry, ATR, Mad Capsule Markets at the turn of the century before Napster, before BitTorrent and The Pirate Bay, before Anonymous and LolzSec and the mighty internet where the power of mighty corporations can be leveled by anyone with a vendetta and some tech savvy. I’m glad to see this group back in full force.
Almost Made It
In Flagranti caught my attention three or so years ago with the single Business Acumen from the EP It’s All Rubbish. I was drawn to the solid cowbell strut, and its unique presentation. This is one of those artists that has a style unlike any other, doesn’t follow trends and always sounds great. Check out the cheeky tracks The Swining Co-Eds, Genital Blue Room, and Ex Ex Ex. Check out his remix of I Love London by Chrystal Fighters or the remix of Headman & Dieter Meier’s Gimme. All great songs with the same, consistent strut – (largely) instrumental workings that just live and breathe in their own dimension. Worse For Wear is In Flagranti’s newest outing. Hollow Discourse is the track I wanted to feature in this week’s mix, but ran out of time. At least it’s better than rubbish.
Second Hour Rewind
The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include The Crystal Method, The Heavy, Toxic Avenger, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. and Teenage Bad Girl. Also in the hour is an awesome remix of one of my favorite songs, Ghetto Burnin by Phonat. Phonat has been tagged as one of the most innovative electronic artists of this generation. One listen to his self-titled debut album, you’ll know why. I found Ghetto Burnin’ to be one of the more radio-friendly tunes, namely due to the wicked vocal sampling. The Johnatron remix fattens the beat and winds up the sampling to a dizzying effect. Here’s the official video to the original mix:
Weekend Energy has been blowing out car stereo systems, upsetting the neighbors and enhancing the night life of western Kentucky every weekend since July 2007 on WKMS. Host Matt “McG” Markgraf pours through hundreds of songs each week to create “the loudest show on public radio” featuring the best techno, dance and electronica from around the world. Weekend Energy airs Saturdays on 91.3 WKMS from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stream it live on wkms.org Saturday nights.